Unfamiliar territory for Lou Amundson
Paul Lintag on Mar 25, 2017 04:48 PM
Lou Amundson has almost a decade of NBA experience but his PBA stint is just something completely different.
A role player throughout his NBA life, Lou Amundson is finding it quite hard adjusting to the PBA where he is expected to shoulder a bigger load both on offense and in defense.
His struggles were evident Friday night in his first assignment with TNT in a loss to the Meralco Bolts. The former Sun-turned-Warrior-turned-Bull-turned-Cavalier-turned-Knick-turned-KaTropa ended his 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup debut with "only" 19 points and 18 rebounds.
He battled through foul trouble all game long and was clearly still trying to get into the motion of the TNT system overall.
"It's a bit of an adjustment to me," Amundson said who was a late replacement to Denzel Bowles in the mid-season conference.
"I'm not used to playing that role, but I just try to play hard and give the team what I can. Some guys stepped up and played well tonight. We just didn't have enough," he added.
Typically, a player like Amundson is the perfect reinforcement for a loaded TNT squad.
But with the KaTropa still missing the services of top point guard Jayson Castro, the burden falls on the former NBA journeyman to pick up the slack.
Amundson feels confident he can give the numbers although he's going to have to do it sooner rather than later for TNT.
"So far so good. I'm trying to get my legs under me. I just got here three days ago, still jetlagged," he said.
"I'm just trying to get my legs under me, get comfortable here and get used to playing with these guys. Learn their strengths and weaknesses and figure out how best it could be done," Amundson said.
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